Space Systems/Loral

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Space Systems/Loral Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
111 Reviews

3.0
111 Reviews
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Space Systems/Loral President John Celli
John Celli
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance, interesting product (for awhile), some cool people to work with (in 10 reviews)

  • Mostly great people to work with, moderately flexible work schedules, stable employment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to advance unless you know someone in upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Located in an area with a high cost of living (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    MDA is making the work at this company unbearable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Very interesting business and customers.
    High risk High reward business

    Cons

    NO salary increases for the last TWO years for all employees.
    MDA has eliminated the pension plan and cut sick time allowance by over 50%
    New contracts signed this year have been signed at a loss, so management will be cutting heads in the next 60 days
    Work atmosphere and environment are TERRIBLE
    AVOID working at this company at all costs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit letting customers tell you how to build your products
    Quit signing up to unreal schedules
    Quit committing to sell satellites for LESS than they cost to manufacture
    Save a lot of money by getting rid of all senior management start with Celli and Foust

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, felt like everyone I met was smart and driven.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    It is challenging and rewarding work. You're apart of systems that are used by millions and millions of people in the world. You're surrounded by intelligent co-workers that seriously know their stuff.

    Cons

    The compensation isn't as competitive as other companies in the area. The facilities may seem a bit older than other nearby companies. The buildings are spread out and you need to take shuttles to get around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider looking into younger employees as the company is very senior heavy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sr. Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Learn about the satellite systems and meet many intelligent people. Nice environment to work for.

    Cons

    Management needs to be updated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage those employees who work hard and get the job done correctly and in a timely manner,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful and out-of-touch management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    You can get away with working much less hours here than at other places I have been at.

    Cons

    AWFUL and out-of-touch management, unnecessary layers of middle management, each only concerned with how to make themselves look good. Very poor morale (this is probably somewhat dependent on what department you are in). Different departments care only about themselves rather than working together and can be extremely rude and condescending to each other. I have seen people promoted to positions blatantly not on any merit. Technologically, they are behind the curve, you won't really work on anything "cutting edge" here. If you actually care about trying to make a difference, you will be in the minority here. Glad I moved on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old company, hard to make changes, but laid back

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Work-life balance = good.
    Benefits = average

    Cons

    Old company, hard to make changes. Using old technology: (1)just upgraded to Windows 2010 at year 2013, (2) Just upgraded to new phone system at year 2010, threw away the phones from 50 years ago - all yellow and no screen display, etc.
    Not open to innovative ideas. Raises are very low (Top performer only gets 3%!!!) Don't care much about employees (doesn't provide basic things such as water, coffee, snacks). Took away sick/personal days last year, now we only get 10 days a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to listen to employee opinions. Time to upgrade business model and marketing strategy so we can become more profitable. Time to provide water and coffee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    This company pays you well, and work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    great culture, great people, sometimes is pretty laidback, sometimes is pretty busy

    Cons

    very limited opportunity to move up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Survey

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Previously stable compare to current condition

    Cons

    business contract availability may play a major roll

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-evaluate process over qualification

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting technical work, great flexibility, demanding work load

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Very interesting technical work. May not be as glamorous as Google or Apple, but if you were truly interested in technology that provides tangible benefits to the world, then this type of infrastructure work is actually very rewarding.

    Cons

    Extremely heavy workload. Schedules are very aggressive and tight and a lot of work is done in parallel. Obviously the problem with doing work in parallel is sometimes the results of the analysis doesn't correlate well to the design and the design has to be restarted from scratch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to retire, work on a side business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, interesting product (for awhile), some cool people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay, questionable management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting unqualified people

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, bad company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Fun co-workers. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No innovation. No personal growth. Poor management at all levels from lower to upper. Management does a very poor job with planning for highs and lows in staffing needs. Employees end up being overworked in busy times, a lag in hiring occurs, finally sufficient hiring is done, but it is too late and layoffs occur.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more consideration of employee needs and concerns. Address issues with low moral throughout company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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